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Accountant, The

Director:  Gavin O'Connor
Year Released:  2016
Rating:  1.0

CPA Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck), who has high-functioning autism (and a knack with weapons and hand-to-hand combat because of dear ol' Pop's Tough Love), is assigned to examine the books of a company called Living Robotics (run by John Lithgow) where he meets their accountant Dana (Anna Kendrick) ... and realizes there's something strange with the cash flow (unrealistically, this leads to shootouts and a sizeable body count). Granted one can overlook the laughable miscasting of Affleck as an autistic individual (no offense to Ben, but he's too much the frat boy to be even slightly passable in the role), there's still the script to irk and annoy, which is disjointed and lacks flow - by the time it gets to its brother versus brother battle (which O'Connor explored, more successfully, in Warrior), it used up all its writerly tricks. O'Connor and screenwriter Bill Dubuque regard the Affleck figure as some kind of 'hero with a code,' but he's actually a deranged monster ... which isn't a positive reflection of people suffering with the disorder.

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